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A man approached the counter at the Tops pharmacy on Transit Road, wearing women’s clothes and holding a device which had wires leading to his purse. He passed a note to the pharmacist. He was demanding prescription drugs and threatening to detonate a bomb. A 911 call, a quick police response and a short foot chase ended with an apprehension at gunpoint in the parkin…

Buffalo

Tops Markets won't be coming to downtown Buffalo after all. But Hamburg produce market operator Braymiller Market will. In a major change in plans for a major Ellicott Street project, the small Southtowns market known for selling fresh produce and specialty food items is replacing the Williamsville-based grocery chain as the anchor retailer for a new $50 million constru…

Buffalo

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has modified its proposal for redeveloping a downtown parking lot on Ellicott Street, shifting its concept from a higher-end retail and residential complex with underground parking to affordable housing with a less formal fresh food market. That marks a major shift in the style of the multi-story project, although it still includes apartments…

Food and Drink

It was 11:47 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Tops Markets President and COO John Persons was drinking beer. But he had a good reason: a special brew called “Cheers to 35 Years Kellerbier,” made in honor of Buffalo’s annual culinary festival, the Taste of Buffalo, and the news that the event was getting even bigger for its 35th year. “We are very proud to sponsor an event th…

Buffalo

It's been more than two years since Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. was selected in February 2016 as the designated developer for a vacant parking lot on Ellicott Street. The city-owned lot, sandwiched between the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library and the bus terminal, had been identified by the Brown administration as ideal for a project to bring more residential un…

Business

Tops Markets, joining the meal kit trend that has gained favor for busy families, has rolled out an offering of its own in the regional supermarket industry: Chef'd. "This is the next wave, another option, for those looking for a meal solution, to save time," said Jeffrey Culhane, senior vice president of merchandising for Tops. Tops this month launched five new Chef…

Business

Steve Desmond could have plenty of reason to be worried. The president of Heintz & Weber just saw one of his largest customers – possibly even the biggest – file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. That client, Tops Markets, currently accounts for just over 30 percent of annual sales for his company, the maker of the popular Weber's Horseradish Mustar…

Business

The executive team of Tops Markets – led by chairman and CEO Frank Curci – are the primary shareholders of the privately owned company. Documents made public Wednesday as part of the grocer's bankruptcy filings show the supermarket chain is owned by a complex structure of holding companies, whose ultimate owners are the individual members of the management team that led…

City of Tonawanda Police on Thursday were seeking a man in connection with an attempted robbery in the city. The incident took place at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Tops Market at 150 Niagara St. in the City of Tonawanda, according to police. According to police, the man demanded that a supermarket employee open a cash register, but fled when the employee refused. …

Six robberies at businesses in different parts of the city were traced to one man living on Blake Street, Buffalo police said, Michael A. Perez Sr., 27, was charged with six counts of robbery, according to E District Police Chief Carmen Menza. The robberies occurred between Jan. 28 and Feb. 5 at businesses in the city's Elmwood Village area, North Buffalo and on Bail…

Food and Drink

If thoughts of a hot Super Mighty keep you awake at night, then your senses will tingle at Wednesday's news. Mighty Taco Inc. has announced that its 12-ounce hot sauces can now be purchased in Wegmans and Tops Markets locations, as well as inside its area restaurants. Each bottle runs for $3.49, and they come in mild and hot varieties. The fast-food chain, which first op…